Four years ago, Hip-Hop Family Day planted a seed on Main Street for an annual festival that fully represents the core values of hip-hop culture.
Fig Backstage caught up with Sherard “Shekeese” Duvall to learn more about how Love, Peace and Hip-Hop has expanded into a full week of events leading up to Saturday, April 9, when KRS-One (hip-hop master professor, author, and emcee) will headline the fest.
As Shekeese said, “It’s important that we not only showcase the culture correctly, but also that we showcase the breadth of hip-hop and how its work is not just in music, but in art, education, history, and politics, too.”
And Love, Peace and Hip-Hop (LPHH) is doing just that. The kickoff event is this evening’s “Hip-Politics” with Anton Gunn at the Tapp’s Art Center on Main Street from 6:30 to 8:00 PM. The USC graduate and social/political activist will be presenting on hip-hop’s impact on American politics and policy with Dr. Birgitta Johnson of USC and Dr. Kevin Trumpeter of Allen University.
While hip-hop is often viewed solely as a musical genre, it is actually a multi-faceted culture built from the ground up in minority and low-income communities as a means to unify and celebrate through a positive outlet. Love, Peace and Hip-Hop continues this tradition by connecting with local charity partners to build the community from the inside out.
“Both of our charity partners, Hope In Christ Ministries (H.I.M.) and Latino Communications (LCCDC), are very hands-on, ground-level organizations,” explained Shekeese. “They provide financial help for the elderly and underserved, food and clothing assistance, job training opportunities for our communities, and more. They epitomize what we mean by offering direct services to the community—you have a basic need, let’s see how we can meet that. Through our relationship with Pepsi, we are able to donate all of our drink proceeds to these groups and raise awareness about these types of organizations that simply don’t get enough credit for their day work.”
Not only does LPHH focus on community development, it also emphasizes the family-friendly aspect of Hip-Hop Family Day by inviting everyone to come out and participate:
“Hip-hop culture is one of the few platforms that defies race, religion, color, age, or creed, making it ideal for families to participate and be at the forefront of our festival. We celebrate a culture that has something for everyone.”
Whether it’s the main event on April 9 or this week’s myriad of precursor events, the 2016 Love, Peace and Hip-Hop festival is elevating and bringing the entire community with it.
Shekeese added some final words, and we couldn’t say it better ourselves:
“Come. Bring some comfortable shoes and the whole family. Peace, love, unity, AND having fun. What family doesn’t want some of that?”
We’re excited for a whole week of great events, and can’t wait to see you on April 9th at the corner of Laurel and Main Street at 11AM!
#LPHH 2016 Events
4.5.16 – Hip-Politics with Anton Gunn @ Tapps Arts Center
4.6.16 – NonStop Hip-Hop Live Reunion Concert with Beat Junction Project, Preach, Akshun, Dan Johns and more @ New Brookland Tavern
4.7.16 – Style Wars: A Retrospective film screenings & talkback w/ The Dynamic Rockers
4.8.16 – Hip-Hop Studies Conference at Allen University with Daddy-O
4.9.16 – Hip-Hop Family Day on Main Street featuring KRS-One
4.10.16 – KRS-One: In Lecture at Allen University